DAYS 1 – 14: TANZANIA
This is an exploratory expedition, and so the itinerary is not set in stone and can be subject to change – this applies to all overland trips, but perhaps even more so to this trip which travels through some very off-the-beaten track destinations!
Please see the special information below regarding itinerary changes on this exploratory expedition.
Your expedition begins in Tanzania and the township of Arusha. Arusha is encompassed by national parks and is a great place to explore the surrounding area, whether it be Mount Meru, Ngorongoro Crater, or Serengeti National Park. It is also a great base for those wishing to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa and the world’s tallest free-standing mountain.
If you are interested in climbing Mount Kilimanjaro then you can do so in the week before your expedition starts in Arusha. The climb can take up to 7 days depending on which hike you wish to take. Please contact us for more information.
The group will meet at Mesarani Snake Park, located 25 kms from Arusha in the heart of Maasai Land Tanzania. Here you can take a guided tour and learn about some of the most dangerous snakes in the world, enjoy a tour through the Maasai Cultural Centre, or jump on a camel and go on safari to the local Maasai village. Visit the Free Education Centre, where the local Maasai have the opportunity to learn how to read and write and further their education in many different ways as their culture comes to grips with our modern western culture.
You will start your overland journey travelling through hot savannah grasslands with acacia trees providing the only shade making your way to the Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of Buffalo, smaller groups of Elephant and Giraffe and thousands upon thousands of Wildebeest, Zebra, Eland, Topi, Kongoni, Impala and Grant’s Gazelle. Predators such as Lion and Cheetah are nearly always spotted and if you are lucky Leopard as well. You will drive your overland truck through the national park and take an afternoon game drive around the savannah before heading to your campsite located right in the middle of the plains, surrounded by animals and their nocturnal noises!
In the morning you will take an early morning game drive through the Serengeti’s Western Corridor on your way towards Lake Victoria. You will be passing through the bustling and lively town of Mwanza – the largest Tanzanian port on Lake Victoria, the second largest fresh water lake in the world. The lake is dotted with islands of varying sizes where you will have the opportunity to take a boat trip, or spend time exploring the city’s Hindu temples, museum and central market.
Heading further west we will visit Kigoma (close to the border with Burundi) on the eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika. Kigoma sits on the lakeshore surrounded by rugged hills and forest valleys, with views of DRC mountains in the distance.
Gombe Stream National Park can only be reached by boat from Kigoma. It was set up by Jane Goodall in 1960 as a chimpanzee research station and in 1968 was declared a national park. Chimpanzees are well habituated in the national park and it is possible to arrange an overnight stay and trek close to these incredibly human-like creatures during your time in Kigoma.
Next you will travel south to Lake Tanganyika, the world’s longest lake. You will follow the lake and pass through isolated fishing villages and townships along with the peaceful Katavi National Park where you spend a couple of days at a lakeside lodge and enjoy the remoteness and beauty of this part of Africa.